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Author: J Frank; A R King; Derek J Raine
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 3rd ed.View all editions and formats
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Accretion Power in Astrophysics examines accretion as a source of energy in both binary star systems containing compact objects, and in active galactic nuclei. Assuming a basic knowledge of physics, the authors describe the physical processes at work in accretion discs and other accretion flows. The first three chapters explain why accretion is a source of energy, and then present the gas dynamics and plasma  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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King, A.R.
Accretion power in astrophysics.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2001037846
(OCoLC)47240723
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J Frank; A R King; Derek J Raine
ISBN: 9780511077548 0511077548
OCLC Number: 771910495
Notes: Frank's name appears first on the previous ed.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 384 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover --
Half-title --
Title --
Copyright --
Contents --
Preface to the first edition --
Preface to the second edition --
Preface to the third edition --
1 Accretion as a source of energy --
1.1 Introduction --
1.2 The Eddington limit --
1.3 The emitted spectrum --
1.4 Accretion theory and observation --
2 Gas dynamics --
2.1 Introduction --
2.2 The equations of gas dynamics --
2.3 Steady adiabatic flows --
isothermal flows --
2.4 Sound waves --
2.5 Steady, spherically symmetric accretion --
3 Plasma concepts --
3.1 Introduction. 3.2 Charge neutrality, plasma oscillations and the Debye length --
3.3 Collisions --
3.4 Thermal plasmas: relaxation time and mean free path --
3.5 The stopping of fast particles by a plasma --
3.6 Transport phenomena: viscosity --
3.7 The effect of strong magnetic fields --
3.8 Shock waves in plasmas --
4 Accretion in binary systems --
4.1 Introduction --
4.2 Interacting binary systems --
4.3 Roche lobe overflow --
4.4 Roche geometry and binary evolution --
4.5 Disc formation --
4.6 Viscous torques --
4.7 The magnitude of viscosity --
4.8 Beyond the Alpha-prescription. 4.9 Accretion in close binaries: other possibilities --
5 Accretion discs --
5.1 Introduction --
5.2 Radial disc structure --
5.3 Steady thin discs --
5.4 The local structure of thin discs --
5.5 The emitted spectrum --
5.6 The structure of steady Alpha-discs (the 'standard model') --
5.7 Steady discs: confrontation with observation --
5.8 Time dependence and stability --
5.9 Dwarf novae --
5.10 Irradiated discs --
5.11 Tides, resonances and superhumps --
5.12 Discs around young stars --
5.13 Spiral shocks --
6 Accretion on to a compact object --
6.1 Introduction --
6.2 Boundary layers. 6.3 Accretion on to magnetized neutron stars and white dwarfs --
6.4 Accretion columns: the white dwarf case --
6.5 Accretion column structure for neutron stars --
6.6 X-ray bursters --
6.7 Black holes --
6.8 Accreting binary systems with compact components --
7 Active galactic nuclei --
7.1 Observations --
7.1.1 Continuum emission --
7.1.2 Line spectra --
7.1.3 Polarization and variability --
7.1.4 Summary of active galactic nuclei --
Seyfert galaxies --
Quasars --
BL Lacs (Lacertids) --
Radio galaxies --
7.1.5 Unified models --
7.2 The distances of active galaxies. 7.2.1 Association with clusters --
7.2.2 The continuity argument --
7.2.3 Absorption lines --
7.2.4 Gravitational lenses --
7.3 The sizes of active galactic nuclei --
7.3.1 Optical structure --
7.3.2 Radio structure --
7.3.3 Variability arguments --
7.4 The mass of the central source --
7.4.1 Alignment of radio sources --
7.4.2 The Eddington limit --
7.4.3 Variability --
7.4.4 The stellar distribution --
7.4.5 Activity in normal galaxies --
7.5 Models of active galactic nuclei --
7.5.1 Compact star clusters (without black holes) --
7.5.2 Supermassive stars --
7.5.3 Black holes.
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